The Senate Health Committee panel heard testimony Monday from health experts who said that the nicotine liquid and the vapor e-cigarettes produce could be hazardous to both consumers and the public.
The federal government wants to prohibit sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the FDA.
The NYC Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment said Tuesday it filed the papers in state Supreme Court.
Fearing electronic cigarettes might be rigged to mask marijuana use, some Long Island schools are banning the devices from their campuses.
Four senators have sent letters to NBC and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association asking them to “take action to ensure that future broadcasts avoid the glamorization of smoking.”
The City Council will consider a proposal to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places such as restaurants and parks.
The bill’s sponsors say allowing e-cigarettes in places where tobacco cigarettes are banned threatens “effective enforcement” of the smoking ban and sends the wrong message to children that smoking is safe.
The legislation makes New York the first large city or state in the country to prohibit sales to young adults.
It’s the latest effort by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to target the cigarette industry. New York would become the first major city to raise the age for buying cigarettes.
The final word on the level of toxicity and vapors from e-cigarettes has not yet been officially determined.
Forty attorneys general sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday urging the agency to meet its own deadline and regulate electronic cigarettes in the same way it regulates tobacco products.
Smoking is not allowed on Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North trains, and officials have decided electronic cigarettes are included in that ban.
With the new year on the horizon, a host of new laws will also be on the books in New York State.
New York’s Legislature has voted to ban selling electronic cigarettes to minors.
E-cigarettes are plastic and metal devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution in a disposable cartridge creating vapor that a smoker inhales.